At an early point during last night's Democratic presidential debate, former Senator John Edwards dared to challenge Senator Hillary Clinton on a range of issues. She waited for a beat or two, and then----with a steely look----admonished him for "mud-throwing."
Poor Edwards cowered in the corner for the rest of the night.
Because you are not allowed to challenge New York's Junior Senator, her rivals and the press back off, let her have her zone of delicate flower womanhood, while she rolls over all of them. If anybody raises questions about her positions or the fact that she's flip-flopped or that she's incapable of standing for anything beyond her own ambitions, they are accused of throwing mud, victimizing a woman, and "swiftboating."
Last night, she went back to the tried and true: the "yes/no" "answers" and the rote lines about being "comfortable in the kitchen." Senators Joe Biden and Chris Dodd---the most seasoned guys on the stage----just shake their heads in disbelief that they're losing to this hack.
Nobody throws mud more pointedly and more efficiently than the Clinton Ladies Intervention Team. But they attack others for doing it (even when the others aren't) because it lets her get away with never having to answer anything.
That's her scam. It's pathetic to see that she's still working it, and it's still working for her.